Mar 17, 2015 8:19 AM

DHHS to start testing in April for those affected by contaminated well in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH - Blood testing over possible water contamination at Pease International Tradeport is expected to start in April.

At a City Council meeting Monday night, a Department of Health and Human Services official told councilors the plan is to start testing 100 people. However, when several councilors questioned why the number was so low, he said more people could be added.

The possible contamination may have come from a well.

There are several factors affecting the testing.

DHHS said it doesn't know how many people have been affected, and it has no way of getting the names of the people that may have been affected unless those people come forward.

The agency also said there's no baseline to determine how much perfluorooctane sulfonic acid in a blood stream is dangerous.

Councilors and DHHS also said the Air Force should be involved and help with funding the tests.

Anyone who thinks they should be tested, can call DHHS at 271-9461.


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